Tricks – Easily fit into Sari Blouse

Beginner friendly last-minute tricks to fit sari blouse bodice for slight weight gains.

Girls have great affection for saris. It’s a busy festival season in Bharat (India) and for girls sari is its synonym. The elegant ethnic outfit from Bharat (India) never fails to stand out in the crowd. Stylish and well-fit blouses add grace to the saris.

So far everything sounds good. But, what about fitting into sari blouse? Most of the sari blouse styles are sensitive to size variations. Slightest weight gains or weight loses cause big troubles. So, getting a good blouse fit is a dream of every girl. I am no exception to this. Can we ever achieve this easily without undoing the side seams?

The blouse which fits well today, may ill fit tomorrow. The puzzle of blouse adjustments remained disturbing me for years. The magic fit blouse was designed as an alternative to traditional yoked blouse for the same reason. But, what could be done with yoked blouses? Can there be a solution for fitting all the blouses easily? Plato said it right, “Necessity is the mother of invention”. Pregnancy and postpartum made me think of certain solutions to this. This post is an attempt to solve the bodice fitting issue with small tricks.

Easy Tricks for fitting into Sari Blouses

Materials and tools needed

  • Matching colour thread
  • Hand sewing needles
  • A trimmer
  • Matching coloured unused sari blouse

Fitting into Sari Blouse Method 1: for up to 1/2 inch increase

Animated GIF - How to easily fit Sari Blouses

  • Take the sari blouse that needs fitting. Wear it and note the measurement change at each eye fastener point. Or measure it referring to a well-fitting blouse. You can refer to the idea of taking measurements for blouse here.
  • Mark respective extra width to be added at the eye fastening towards centre front. Marking needs to be done at the wrong side.
  • Thread the hand sewing needle and make eyes in the new positions.
  • Try the fit!

Fitting into Sari Blouse Method 2: for up to 1 inch increase

Animated GIF of Trick 2 - How to fit into Sari Blouse

  • Take the sari blouse that needs fitting. Wear it and note the measurement change at each eye fastener point. Or measure it referring to a well-fitting blouse. You can refer to the idea of taking measurements for blouse here.
  • Mark respective extra width to be added at the eye fastening towards centre front. Marking needs to be done at the wrong side.
  • Take a matching coloured old/unused sari blouse. Cut 2.5 inches fabric strip at the eye fastening side of the blouse. (You can take a 4 inch wide fabric band too instead of cutting a strip. But, it demands to sew eyes.)
  • Adjust the length at centre front dart on the cut fabric strip. Fold the three raw edges of the cut fabric strip to the right side. Press it as shown in the picture.
  • Keep it beneath the eye fastener side edge. The wrong side of the sari blouse and the right side of the panel must be facing together. Adjust the eye positions on the fabric panel to the desired locations. Pin it. Hem it. Then repeat sewing eyes as said in the previous method.
  • Try the fit!

Limitations

  • These tricks are applicable to slight weight gains only.
  • The adjustment ideas explained here are for the bodice only. Usually sleeves don’t need adjustment for slight weight gains.
  • You can use the tricks when you have an hour or two before getting ready.
  • Adding a strip is not a permanent solution to fit into blouse. This hint can be followed when you are anticipating to be back to your usual size.
  • The trick 1 works well with blouses of all types of saris. Trick 2 works only with opaque saris.
  • You may refer to Cholakaaptas – blouse adjuster panels for more ideas.

I hope these tricks help the girls to adjust the fit of their sari blouses instantly. Please do write your feedback to me. Thank you!

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